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Steve Jobs Takes the Stage at iPod Event

Just moments ago Steve Jobs took to the stage at the Yerba Buena theater in San Francisco. After lots of clapping, cheering and a standing ovation, Jobs spoke briefly about the liver transplant that he received earlier this year during a 6-month leave of absence from Apple.

"I'm very happy to be here today with you all," Jobs said, according to MacWorld. "As some of you know, about five months ago I had a liver transplant. I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs. I am alive because of their generosity. I hope we can all be that generous."

"I'd like to thank everyone in the Apple community for their concern. It means a lot. I'd like to thank Tim Cook, and everyone at Apple who rose to the occasion. Thank you guys," the CEO continued. "So, I'm vertical, I'm back at Apple and loving every minute of it, and working with some talented teams to come up with some great products for the future. It's wonderful."

Jobs went on to announce that iPhone 3.1 will be released today, adding that iPod Touch and iPhone users can look forward to a bunch of new features and bug fixes as well as Genius technology for apps in the app store. Stay tuned for more!